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About Elena Fanailova

Elena Fanailova is a poet who lives in Moscow.  She is a laureate of the prestigious Bely Award.

Articles by Elena Fanailova

This week’s editor

Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Sexually liberated, or just badly brought up?

There was “no sex in the USSR” (that, at least, is what one Soviet woman famously declared in a 1986 TV talk show). Attitudes to sex in contemporary Russia have undeniably moved on from such social conservatism. But have they changed enough to be called a revolution, asks Elena Fanailova?

Mournful Unconcern: Russia reacts to Domodedovo

Desensitised to terror, Russians will not take long to get over the latest attack. Russian writer and openDemocracy contributor Elena Fanailova passed through Domodedovo Airport just thirty minutes before Monday’s bomb struck.

Voznesensky: elegy for a fashionable poet

The poet Andrei Voznesensky died on 1 June. One of the former “big 4” Soviet poets, he managed to hang on to his cult status until the 1990s as that of the outspoken Joseph Brodsky rose ever higher. The poet Elena Fanailova reviews his position in the pantheon of Soviet writers and assesses his contribution to Soviet and Russian poetry.

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